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US intelligence leaks suspect ‘had more online friends than real friends’

What else was there in his garden but a “gaming chair”?

The seat is outside, unoccupied, on the North Dighton estate of Jack Teixeira, a possible nod to , the secret scandal that he committed through an online gaming platform.

The red and black upholstery is aggressive, unmuting the unheard in a world of gaming.

Is the chair his? Maybe.


The style of the sports car may have appealed to an airman who calls himself “OG” – original gangster.

It is clear that Jack Teixeira loves an audience. He was willing to risk it all – including his freedom – in order to obtain it.

He was a quiet child. Ben Rapoza, Sky News reported that Rapoza had more friends online than real ones.

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Court documents revealed that the FBI used billing records of an internet social media application to identify US airman Jack Teixeira, as a suspect in relation to the leakage of top secret military documents.

It is believed that the leak began on Discord, a popular chat platform used by online gamers.

According to a FBI affidavit that was unsealed Friday, Discord stated it would cooperate with the Bureau.

After a weeklong investigation into the leak of highly sensitive government documents, he was arrested by tactical agents heavily armed on Thursday.

The 21-year old appeared in front of a federal magistrate at a Boston court on Friday. He was charged with possession of unclassified documents related to national security, and also possessing materials for national defence.

In a press release issued following the arrest, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the Pentagon would review its “intelligence access procedures, accountability, and control” in order to prevent a similar leak.

Joe Biden, the President of the United States, said that he had “instructed” the Department of Defence to “get to the bottom of why” the suspect was able to access the documents. He also “instructed them to focus on the extent of what happened”.

Ben, 18 years old, attended the same high-school as Teixeira. He didn’t really know him. It’s hard to find someone in North Dighton who knew its infamous son.

Until now.

In this rural Massachusetts community, everyone knows the story of Jack Teixeira.

Jack Teixeira

Ben said, “It certainly puts Dighton in the spotlight.” “Something as crazy as this is not typical of Dighton. It’s normally quiet and there isn’t much going on. I was shocked when I heard about it.

“I’m also a bit surprised that he was able to get his hands on those (Pentagon files).”

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In due course, the full story of this airman, who caused a breach in US national defense, will be revealed.

It seems like a modern digital cliché – a recluse, swaggering in cyberspace, blind to the black holes ahead.

It’s a common story in small towns across America. But it has far-reaching consequences.


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